Profile: Biggles

Leiden Classical member since13 Feb 2006
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Your personal background.
I'm a computer scientist from Glasgow, Scotland. I've been into distributed computing for several years. The beginnings of when it became an addiction were when I joined and ran the cancer project for a while, leaving my sole computer on 24/7. After a while I then discovered Find-A-Drug, which I believed to be a better project all round. What had really sold it to me was the Multiple Sclerosis work they were doing. That project shut at the beginning of this year and since then I have become a mercenary, pushing Ars Technica in just about every project.

Over the past two years my farm has grown from 633 MHz to almost 30 GHz. And it might get bigger yet ;-)

I love distributed computing because it's such a simple concept. It's almost recycling - we gather the unused cycles and put them towards a worthy aim, something that might make a bit of difference to the world. Some of us take it a bit too far and have large personal farms, but hey it's an addiction. But the basic concept is wonderful.

I crunch for Ars Technica because it simply is the best tech site on the internet. It's not overly commercial, it has one of the best forums around with a far more intelligent level of discussion and expertise than most others and it also has a great IRC channel. Quite simply, there is no better place to get an overview or explanation of the IT world. Since I spend a lot of time browsing there, it makes sense for me to be a part of their vibrant and large DC team.

When I'm not checking every possible DC stat in the world I can be found playing Xbox, playing guitar or even, just sometimes, reading.
Your opinions about Leiden Classical
I ran Leiden Classical to being with because I'm a mercenary and wanted to get points on the board for Ars Technica. Except, this time, I'm sticking around because the project seems quite interesting. I don't think we're ever going to find alien life through SETI, and really big numbers just don't really do it for me. As for life sciences, well everything else is a bit of a disappointment for me since the end of Find-A-Drug. Thus, this has most of my attention just now.

The project is still maturing, but there are signs that it will stick around in the long run, which I'm glad about. I'd like to see it continue to improve so that it can handle the large number of users I'd like to see running it.
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